Gregory S DeFotis
Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 1968 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2390
Overall record: +15 -9 =19 (57.0%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
Benko vs G S DeFotis, 1972 1/2-1/2
G S DeFotis vs E Winslow, 1968 1-0
J T Westbrock vs G S DeFotis, 1968 0-1
G S DeFotis vs Saidy, 1968 1-0
NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
US Championship (1972)
69th US Open (1968)
GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
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|GREGORY S DEFOTIS
(born Dec-08-1951, died Sep-05-2017, 65 years old) United States of America
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Gregory S. DeFotis was a Chicago-area FIDE Master. In 1966, he won the first Illinois High School Students Chess Championship. DeFotis won or tied for first in the U.S. Junior Championship thrice. In the US Championship (1972), he tied for sixth with William Lombardy in a very strong field, scoring +3 =9 -1. Chessmetrics ranks him the No. 145 player in the world as of July 1972.
DeFotis tied for first at the 1973 U.S. Open. After 1973, he largely gave up competitive chess to become a professional bridge and backgammon player. He died on September 5, 2017.
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43
|1. G S DeFotis vs E Winslow
|| ||1-0||43||1968||69th US Open||E72 King's Indian|
|2. J T Westbrock vs G S DeFotis
|| ||0-1||42||1968||69th US Open||E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack|
|3. G S DeFotis vs Saidy
|| ||1-0||43||1968||69th US Open||A79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3|
|4. Benko vs G S DeFotis
|| ||1-0||37||1968||69th US Open||E90 King's Indian|
|5. Randy Mills vs G S DeFotis
|| ||½-½||18||1968||69th US Open||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|6. G S DeFotis vs J Hechtlinger
|| ||1-0||46||1968||69th US Open||B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation|
|7. K Burger vs G S DeFotis
|| ||0-1||58||1968||69th US Open||A26 English|
|8. G S DeFotis vs Browne
|| ||½-½||28||1968||69th US Open||D35 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|9. Larsen vs G S DeFotis
|| ||1-0||34||1968||69th US Open||B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4|
|10. G S DeFotis vs E Nash
|| ||1-0||46||1968||69th US Open||E20 Nimzo-Indian|
|11. A Malachi vs G S DeFotis
|| ||½-½||34||1969||WchT U26 qual-C||B98 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|12. G S DeFotis vs D Wright
|| ||1-0||37||1969||WchT U26 fin-A 16th||A10 English|
|13. J Kent vs G S DeFotis
|| ||0-1||24||1971||USA||A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6|
|14. G S DeFotis vs P Tautvaisas
|| ||1-0||68||1972||Chicago Open||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|15. Benko vs G S DeFotis
||½-½||18||1972||US Championship||A57 Benko Gambit|
|16. Kavalek vs G S DeFotis
|| ||½-½||27||1972||US Championship||A10 English|
|17. G S DeFotis vs Mednis
|| ||0-1||42||1972||US Championship||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|18. W Martz vs G S DeFotis
|| ||½-½||18||1972||US Championship||A10 English|
|19. G S DeFotis vs Bisguier
||1-0||31||1972||US Championship||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|20. Larry Evans vs G S DeFotis
|| ||½-½||41||1972||US Championship||A58 Benko Gambit|
|21. G S DeFotis vs Lombardy
||½-½||43||1972||US Championship||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|22. I A Horowitz vs G S DeFotis
|| ||0-1||39||1972||US Championship||B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation|
|23. G S DeFotis vs Popovych
|| ||½-½||58||1972||US Championship||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|24. A Feuerstein vs G S DeFotis
||½-½||41||1972||US Championship||A80 Dutch|
|25. G S DeFotis vs Reshevsky
||½-½||28||1972||US Championship||A00 Uncommon Opening|
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|Feb-13-14|| ||jerseybob: Surprising DeFotis doesn't even have the IM title, let alone GM, which he seemed destined for in his early 70's heyday.|
|Feb-14-14|| ||perfidious: <jerseybob> Maybe less surprising than one would think; for someone who played chiefly in the Midwest in the 1970s and only occasionally made events such as Lone Pine, the chances of making three IM norms within the-then three-year window were small indeed, and GM for even stronger players was only possible, practically speaking, if one went to Europe for a while, as did Jim Tarjan.|
Surprising to see the number of common opponents, of which DeFotis' appearance in the 1972 US Championship accounts for several.
|Feb-14-14|| ||jerseybob: Perfidious: You're right, but it's been a common story for many promising American players down through the years: Get a Title, or make a living?|
|Feb-06-17|| ||Howard: Defotis gave up chess for either backgammon or contract bridge--don't recall which.|
|Sep-07-17|| ||nericp: Bridge - follow this link: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/...|
|Sep-07-17|| ||Marmot PFL: The problem with bridge is getting four players together for a game. DeFotis asked me once at a tournament to play but I said I was much worse at that game than at chess. Since he had crushed me in the first round in about 20 moves he didn't press the point.|
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